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Jimmy Kimmel Got Paid Peanuts To Host The Oscars

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Jimmy Kimmel Got Paid Peanuts To Host The Oscars

You've probably heard by now that there was a bit of drama at the Oscars on Sunday night when the incorrect name was announced as best picture winner.

That's basically the most important award of the evening in case you hadn't realised and somebody who's only job was to hand an envelope to the presenter, fucked it up.

It was Jimmy Kimmel's task, as host for the night, to pick up the pieces and hold shit together, which, to be fair to him, he managed to do pretty well. Of course he handled it well. After all, he's a trained TV professional who gets paid £10 million to £12 million a year to host Jimmy Kimmel Live!

With that in mind, how whopping do you think his Oscars pay cheque might have been?

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For someone at his level, we'd have imagined quite a bit, but the actual figure - while still high to earth-dwellers such as ourselves - pales into insignificance for an A-list celeb such as Kimmel.

Naturally the Academy Awards planners don't just run around shouting their hosts' wages at any press reporter who so much as waves a microphone in their direction. Quite the opposite, in fact. Oscars hosts' pay is a mysterious thing. However, Kimmel gave us all an insight when he revealed the amount of his 89th Academy Awards hosting pocket money, live on KROQ radio back in December.

Turns out that the actual figure was $15,000 (roughly £12,000). That might be a year's pay for those of us in minimum wage jobs but it's certainly less than we'd have guessed.

Jimmy joked about the sum, saying: "I think it's illegal to pay nothing."

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"I'm not sure I was supposed to reveal this," he added. "But nobody told me not to. I consider this their fault."

After some digging around on the net, it seems that Jimmy's wage was pretty standard, and although the Academy Awards doesn't publish any figures itself, the internet is awash with talk that $15,000 is the going rate to host the Oscars.

Our guess is that celebs see hosting the Oscars as an honour and something to put on their CV or whatever.

Having said that, there are a lot of TV hosts out there earning a fair whack for what they do. Let's take a look at a few of them:

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Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly

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He's laughing all the way to the bank with his massive potato sack, bursting at the seams with his £15 million annual pay stuffed inside it.

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Disclaimer: We don't actually know if Bill O'Reilly stores his money in a potato sack

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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres

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Comedian and popular American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres shits all over Jimmy Kimmel and Bill O'Reilly (not literally, that would be horrible) with her absolute whopper of a pay cheque. The short-haired host walked away at the end of 2016 with a cool £60 million.

Ant and Dec
Ant and Dec

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The Geordie duo signed a £30 million contract with ITV last year, taking them through to 2019, for presenting I'm a Celeb, Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain's Got Talent.

You might think that's only £15 million each, but let's face it, they're the same person. They probably have baths together and feed each other olives on little cocktail sticks and stuff.

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary
Dermot O'Leary

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The lovable little scamp that is Dermot O'Leary is reportedly one of the highest-paid solo presenters on UK television. Just last year he secured yet another contract with everyone's favourite four-month-long, annual headache X Factor for a canny £8 million.

Not bad, not bad at all.

Words: Paddy Maddison

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Topics: Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel

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